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Hello guys, Want to share with you my latest project. This project has been just finished, but with the shear lack of time was not able do the build log in the daily update style as I did with my Raised from the dead project, but any ways bear with me, as the project did turn out rather well :) So lets go: This is my interpretation of a Apple G5 case mod, turning the Apple G5 case to accept a ATX format motherboard. In this case a friend of mine had a rather beat up G5 case and wanted me to fix it up and install his mATX based PC inside. He wanted to keep the outside of the case as original as possible and to run everything on air, so there was not so much room for any mayor mods. Before he asked me to do this i did not even know that such things were made and after looking at some done projects on line, decided to accept the challenge, and plus im not the worlds greatest apple fan so Apple case + Dremel = FUN :) And fun it was :D My first priority was to make the cover for the back and to get a mobo tray. A old PC came in aid as it had a awesomely big mobo tray that was riveted to the PCIE slots and I/O opening so took out all the positioning issue for me. and for the back cover a piece of cardboard came in handy to measure out the dimensions and the cut outs correclty
Hello everyone! I suppose it is about time that I unvieled the project that I have been working on for about 3 weeks now. I present to you the victim... This particular powermac G4 was on the way to the scrap heap when I rescued him. I have never really liked macs, and so I am going to enjoy tearing this one apart and building it into a usable windows machine. I originally planned to strip paint off of the inside of the case, but as you will see, it isn't fun and doesn't look all that great. So anyways, let's clean her up... I don't think you need any of that... Important! I need to save a few crucial parts from my tear-down. First will be the front panel connectors. My friend Design for Paragon helped me immensely with his guide on how to properly re-wire this connection so it will work on a standard motherboard. He also helped me by sending me some motherboard standoffs that he used in his build here. In addition, the power supply is an important piece to save. Depending on my configuration, I may choose to buy a small form factor power supply that actually can fit within the original housing, therefore eliminating some problems. (need to check if feasible though). So onward! This time, I get to have fun trying to get this daayumn paint off. Well, this looks fun... Super clean! might actually work if you don't dilute it like I did... So... long ...really... long story short, this is a pain in the butt. I tried sandpaper, steel wool, acetone and a steel wire attachment for a drill (that was fun lol), but they all seemed to have their own problems. Sandpaper and the steel wire scratched the plastic to hell, and acetone took forever and left the paint in sort of a grey residue. I did the front and top panel and painted them after a combo of these methods got them almost black. However, once the paint dried, I knew it simply wasn't worth it. There were blemishes and scratch marks from prior abuse (lived in a school for crying out loud). So I decided (at the time of posting this actually) to forego my idea and simply coat the outer shell in whatever colors I decide. This has another benifit. The apple logo on the side of the case can not be removed, and this allows me to paint over it or cover it in another way. For your viewing displeasure... AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW? All that paint scrubbing took up like the past two weeks of my life and I just decided to undo all that work. Oh well, live and learn. So a few things... 1. Do you think I should go for a matte finish to contrast with that sexy mirror dual 5.25" door?2. I just realized I haven't talked about why this thing is going to be star wars themed?!?!?!3. Recommendations for hardware? (no I don't think water cooling) SO WHY STAR WARS?Well for one, It's awesome. And more informatively, it is one of my favorite movie series. Ever. I grew up watching these movies and I love sci-fi in general. One problem you may have noticed is the lack of windows in this design. The side panel can't be used due to the motherboard being mounted on in and the other side panel houses the power supply! How could you possibly remedy this situation?! In my sleep-deprived mind at about 12pm a few nights ago, I finally figured it out. Basically, the top of the case is relatively debris free.As you can see, there is a nice open area, good for airflow. That bottom cage had a fan mounted in it, but it can be removed if necessary. Still not catching on? I plan to cut a rectangle (with rounded edges) through the top of the case (plastic and metal) and cover the opening with some sort of clear acrylic. After that, I plan to angle a mirror located along the bottom of the case that reflects the image of the motherboard and GPU back up at you. Ironically, in physics class the next day we started our unit on mirrors and lenses. Tell me what you guys think! :) P.S. I kinda am crazy/creative